RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2011
From Tesco, Thirsk. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and toffee transfer well into the flavour. It’s smooth, stroing flavoured and mellow, with a deep ruby appearance and foamy pale coffee coloured head. Malt dominates throughout, the strength is subtle, but it’s a beer full of body and character. Long aftertaste with a hint of bitterness, blackcurrant and roast malt appear very late on. weaselkenievil (1609) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
Bottle shared with my mate paddy watching United. Poured dark brown with a thin tan head. Light bitterness, bit of hops, tobacco, dandelion and burdock. Drinkable, not usually mystyle but quite enjoyed it. planky84 (3453) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
Bottle from Sainsburys. Dark brown pour (almost black) with a beige head. Raisins, chocolate, berry and caramel aromas. Coffee and chocolate malt flavours with a tinge of smoke. Dry, slightly bitter-sweet finish. Not bad at all shrubber85 (11666) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle. Molasses, prune and alcohol aroma. Dark brown color with minimal head. Slightly sweet raisin, chocolate malt and moderately bitter grass hop flavor. A bit light but nice. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2010
Very deep mahogany colour. Almost black with an off white head clinging to glass. Sweet caramel aroma. Altogether quite rich. Strong caramel malt flavour. Hints of roasted malt and chocolate. Nice bitter finish.
dynamiteninja (1895) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2010
Bottle. Thin off white head. Black body. Some spiciness, chocolate, nuts, roastiness, malt, pine, spruce. Bitter. Medium to heavy. Astringent finish. Some oiliness. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Bottle. rand (1860) - SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2010
A - Dark mahogany with definite ruby streaks. Full, large, frothy, creamy, sticky, off cream color with very good retention leaving a thick layer of creamy lace.
S - Sweet, earthy nut flavors strongest with some background hints of chocolate. Some strong dark and caramel malt aroma as well. Very faint dark fruit (and general fruitiness) underneath it all.
T - Interesting mix of different English flavors. Initially there is a lot of earthy and nutty taste with mild dark and caramel malt bringing some sweetness. Some chocolate malt and a bit of a roasted feel, somewhat similar to an English Stout with more coming out mid-sip. Some grassy and earthy hops come out.
M - Medium to light body with a little below average carbonation. Fairly smooth.
D - Quite drinkable with a nice mix of dark mild and stout flavors. Light and easy on the tongue but it has enough complexity to be interesting that builds as you drink it.
Notes: Best before 28/August/2010. Very enjoyable beer to drink. It’s definitely English although I don’t think it fits neatly into a style. Well balanced and very enjoyable beer. Worth grabbing one if you can.
Bottle 500 ml from Fabeers in York. Dark ale, a bit muddy, thin beige foam. The roasted malt dominates with chocolate keys and molasses. Light bitterness, measured well, notes of dates, toast and grapes on malted cream. Solid body. A bit sweetness in this bitter country. Aftertaste of fruit, licorice and bitterness. sm89walt (2082) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very dark, opaque brown with a really fine beige head that soon disperses. Aromas are very distant with just a touch of fig coming through the otherwise quite full and musty base. Fruity with some raisin notes, a creamy malt tone and lightly toasted malt flavours, finishing with liquorice notes on the swallow. Medium body and a bit of fizz there on the palate. rauchbier (3940) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
Bottle, from Sainsbury’s Grimsby. Deep red-black, thin but lasting creamy white head, moderate condition. Gentle sweet smokiness initially in the nose with some plummy fruitiness and a touch of roasted barley, full and roasty in the mouth with bitter coffee notes and gently fruitiness followed by some toffee sweetness and a gentle herby hoppiness, some lingering dry roasted bitterness and gentle figginess in the finish.